Monday, 17 February 2014

Socials 10-3: Finishing the HBC business plans; Mistissini Cree tanning moose hide

Today we spent the bulk of our class finishing the business plans we started last class.  As people finished, I asked then to start to read the next section in the text.  I recognize that many of you will miss the next class because of the Manning trip, but we'll come to class on Friday having read pp. 148-160.  This will allow us to have some background as we prepare to discuss the Red River events of 1869-70.

We ended today's class by watching a short five-minute video demonstrating the techniques used by the Cree to tan moose hide.  I lived in Mistissini for the first four years of my teaching career, so I recognize the landscape and the people well.  I was fortunate enough to see this process many times. The video gives a small window into the traditional culture, but also traditional gender roles: Tanning

On Wednesday we'll watch some of this documentary: Cree Hunters of Mistissini

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